The Pardoner's Tale

  • by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Narrated by Richard Bebb
  • 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three tales from The Canterbury Tales, read in the original Middle English by Richard Bebb under the direction of Britain's foremost Chaucer scholar, Derek Brewer.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"The Pardoner's Tale" is surely among the more scathing and ironic entries from Geoffrey Chaucer's eponymous Canterbury Tales. Here, the medieval bard takes on moral and spiritual hypocrisy. Performer Richard Bebb is stunning, his mellifluous Middle English brogue betraying wry warmth and playful humor as he relates this tale of religious hucksterism. To be sure, Chaucer's language is unlikely to be readily comprehended by the casual listener: indeed, part of Bebb's appeal lies in his ability to extract emotions and atmospherics from the melodious, if archaic, verse.

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I find astonishing that many poor reviews that I've read on various classic works of literature are due to stupidity on the buyers part. In this example it states clearly, on the description, that this is in Middle English and the sample is also in Middle English. Duh! However the second half is in Modern English. So a poor review in that regard is wholly unfair and should be removed. The writer of the review should also be fined for being a trolling dumbass.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2007
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks